Friday, June 14, 2024

Village gearing up for Matariki celebrations

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Ngā Mata o te Ariki, more commonly known as Matariki, will be celebrated soon. Photo Fred Locklear
  • By Katie Treneman, Interim Village Manager

It’s been a busy few weeks for the Howick Village Association with a lot happening in and around our beautiful village.

Matariki Flags have been a collaborative effort in conjunction with Arts Out East, artist Chantel Matthews, and students from Owairoa and Mellons Bay Schools.

Māori New Year is a time to connect and reflect on our past, remember loved ones, celebrate the present, and plan for the year ahead.

Four bold and beautiful designs have been selected for the flags.

They’re inspired by Mythical Creatures transformed into Matariki Kaitiaki/Guardians with the help of local Tamariki – this has been a truly community-driven project.

Keep an eye out for our Howick Tea Towels and Tote Bags now on sale at Poppies, Cinnamon Brown and 101 Home. They are stunning and make lovely gifts.

We recently welcomed as a new Associate Member, Chris Kentsley from Life Coaching East Auckland.

He joins other Associate Members Flex Fitness, Champs Boxing, Derek Barwood Orthodontist, Howick Enterprises Ltd, Shamrock Cottage and Monterey Cinemas who operate outside our BID zone but are an integral part of our community.

Our Associate Members are listed in the business directory on our website, and promoted through our Chimes Newsletters and Social Media platforms.

We are supporting our chairperson Gerald Patterson, who’s cycling from San Francisco to New York to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease New Zealand, and increase awareness of this destructive disease.

Donations will help MND NZ fund research, improve care and provide support for people with MND, their families and carers.

At the time of writing Gerald is emailing us from the Nevada Desert, and he and his team have nearly raised $40,000! You can keep track of Gerald’s progress at

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